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Joe Curley Rising Leader Award Class of 2016

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Congratulations to the winner of the Joe Curley Rising Leader Award - Rhonda Leiberick, APR from the Central West Coast Chapter!

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Congratulations to the entire Joe Curley Rising Leader Class of 2016!

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Liz Anderson Jacksonville Chapter

 

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Corrie Benfield Tampa Bay Area Chapter

 

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Lauren DeIorio Ocala Chapter

 

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Angelica DeLuccia Morrissey Space Coast Chapter

 

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Erin Igram NW Florida Coast Chapter

 

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Erin Knothe Dick Pope/Pol County Chapter

 

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Cindi Lane, APR Volusia/Flagler Chapter

 

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Rhonda Leiberick, APR Central West Coast Chapter

 

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Zoe Linafelt Capital Chapter

 

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Joey Mazzaferro Gainesville Chapter

 

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Vianka McConville Orlando Area Chapter

 

Nicole Stacey

Nicole Stacey Pensacola Chapter

 

PR2D2′s “Tour of Chapters” Video

FPRA’s very own PR2D2 visited all 15 chapters this past year. Check out the video highlighting his journey.

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The John Dillin Professional Award Recipient

Congratulations to the recipient of the Florida Public Relations Association’s 2015 Dillin Award recipient, Trish Ridgway-Kapustka, APR, CPRC from the Jacksonville Chapter.

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Ridgway-Kapustka has more than 25 years of experience in strategic integrated communications, including leadership positions within agency, corporate and non-profit organizations. She is the Principal, consultant and owner of TLK Communications, founded in 2012, and owner/operator of Edible Arrangements franchises in Jacksonville, Gainesville and Ocala. Hmmmm… maybe next year’s Dillin Dessert could be chocolate covered strawberries!

In more than 21 years of membership with FPRA, Ridgway-Kapustka has demonstrated extraordinary talent as a public relations, marketing and communications professional – influential, ethical and well respected by peers as an entrepreneur, business leader and visionary. Her volunteer leadership for FPRA demonstrates a deep commitment to the profession but, equally important, to professionalism and managerial skills as a whole.

Ridgway-Kapustka is a leader, having shown outstanding leadership in their home chapter as chapter president and in numerous roles throughout the years. Furthermore, she also served as FPRA State President and again in numerous roles on the state level.

Too many times leaders fall off on their volunteerism after their term as president ends. That has certainly not been the case with Ridgway-Kapustka. Her willingness to serve and passion for our Association has been demonstrated in so many ways throughout the years. In addition to mentoring future chapter leaders and stepping up whenever needed by the local chapter, she has spent many years championing Golden Image Awards, accreditation and certification, and has encouraged participation in our Florida Public Relations Education Foundation campaign. As state president, she worked to establish more focus on student chapter involvement and development throughout the state.

Even when not serving in an official FPRA leadership role, Ridgway-Kapustka has stepped up time and time again to help the Jacksonville chapter and volunteer their time selflessly. She is an enthusiastic leader and passionate about seeing FPRA succeed for our members and profession.

A graduate of the University of Florida and respected business leader, Ridgway-Kapustka has served in many leadership roles at the executive level in several high-impact organizations and events in the business community. She was honored in Jacksonville with the Lifetime Achievement Award and has been recognized with numerous leadership and professional recognition. She was also awarded FPRA’s 2013 Member of the Year Award, one of the Association’s highest honors.

The awards honor her work and passion, but Ridgway-Kapustka’s biggest success in life is her willingness to share her time and knowledge freely to her peers.

It was Winston Churchill who said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Giving back is what this individual does better than most.

For her many and significant contributions to this Association, her outstanding leadership, demonstrated enthusiasm, extraordinary involvement and loyal support, please join me in congratulating the recipient of our 2015 Dillin Award: Trish Ridgway-Kapustka, APR, CPRC of our Jacksonville Chapter.

About the John Dillin Professional Award

The John Dillin Professional Award for service to the Florida Public Relations Association has been established as the highest, most prestigious award of the Association. The award honors the spirit and dedication of FPRA’s first President and founder, Lt. Col. John Dillin, and his lifetime of service to and support of this Association. The purpose of this annual award is to recognize an FPRA member for his/her outstanding contribution to the Association and the field of public relations.

Nominees for this award must have a minimum of 10 years of active membership in the Association and have made outstanding and long-lasting contribution to FPRA and to the public relations profession in ways other than as an FPRA officer. Simply put, these individuals aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and work in the trenches.

Presidents’ Luncheon Chapter Awards

Annual Conference

Congratulations to this year’s President’s Luncheon Award Winners!

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Chapter of the Year
Gainesville Chapter (Amelia Bell, APR, CPRC – President)

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Chapter President of the Year
Andi Mahoney, APR (Northwest Florida Coast Chapter)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Accreditation & Certification
Southwest Florida Chapter (Heidi Taulman, APR – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Communications
Capital Chapter ( Jan Dobson, APR, CAE – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Community Service
Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter (Amy Wiggins – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Financial Management
Ocala Chapter (Jennifer Lowe – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Image Awards
Northwest Florida Coast Chapter (Andi Mahoney, APR – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Image Awards
Pensacola Chapter – Gordon Paulus, APR – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Leadership Development
Orlando Area Chapter (Kerry Martin, APR – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Membership Development
Gainesville Chapter (Amelia Bell, APR, CPRC – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Professional Development
Space Coast Chapter (Tessa Friederichs – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Special Event Planning
Central West Coast Chapter (Melissa Link – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Student Development
Southwest Florida Chapter (Heidi Taulman, APR – President)

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Florida Public Relations Association President’s Award for Most Improved Chapter
Jacksonville Chapter

Congratulations to all the winners!

FPRA Jax Takes You Behind the Scenes of the ‘Gentlemen of the Road’ Stopover in St. Augustine

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St. Augustine hosts an estimated 5 million visitors annually, so why did a single, two-day event that was to draw “only” 25,000 people involve so much planning? The event was the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in St. Augustine featuring headliners Mumford and Sons and the event offered new challenges and new opportunities equally. Paul Williamson, public affairs director for the City of St. Augustine, led a small group of communication professionals in what is generally regarded as a very successful campaign that was essential to the overall success of the event. Paul will offer a brief overview of the event and how relying on the basics proved the right way to build a communications plan.

Join FPRA Jax on Thursday, November 14 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. for this special luncheon on the campus of Flagler College in the newly-renovated Solarium. The Solarium is the fourth floor parlor atop the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, and had been closed to the public for more than four decades. Flagler recently completed a $2.3 million restoration of the Solarium.

The Solarium boasts a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Floor-to-ceiling windows on all four sides allow sunlight to pour into the vaulted space flanked by roof terraces and twin towers that rise above the St. Augustine skyline.

The Solarium’s renovation completes the college’s restoration of the Ponce, which is a National Historic Landmark. Built by Henry M. Flagler, industrialist, railroad pioneer and co-founder of Standard Oil, the Ponce first opened in 1888 and is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

Join us for this special field trip to Flagler College and lunch in the Solarium. Visit with current communications students at the lunch. Paul Williamson has close ties to the college and is an active alumnus.

FPRA Members: $20
Non-members: $25
Students: $15

When
Thursday, November 14, 2013 11:30 AM – 1:15 PM

Where
The Solarium at Flagler College
74 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida 32084

Attire
Business or Business Casual

Register HERE.

November – Networking Around the State

While November marks the beginning of the busy holiday season, there’s always time for learning. Thanks to Florida Public Relations Association chapter events, public relations professionals throughout the state have the opportunity to learn some great tips to get them through this years holiday buzz. Learn more about the professional development and networking opportunities available near you below, and #ThinkFPRA.

Haven Hospice Public Relations Manager
November 1, 2013, Nature Coast Chapter (Hernando, Fla.)
http://www.fpranaturecoast.org/

‘Tis The Season For Holiday Story Pitches
November 5, 2013, Southwest Florida Chapter (Fort Myers, Fla.)
http://fpraswfl.org

Disney PR pro Munroe discusses “Stories from Fantasyland”
November 12, 2013, Volusia – Flagler Chapter (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
http://fpravolusiaflagler.org/

Professional Development Luncheon
November 15, 2013, Ocala Chapter (Ocala, Fla.)
http://www.fpraocala.org/

Trust in the 21st Century: Why and How Media Ethics Will Change
November 20, 2013, Central West Coast Chapter (Sarasota, Fla.)
http://cwcfpra.com/

How We Are Working to Establish Florida as the #1 Travel Destination in the World
November 21, 2013, Gainesville Chapter (Gainesville, Fla.)
http://fpragainesville.com

NASA Public Affairs – Past, Present and Future
November 21, 2013, Capital Chapter (Tallahassee, Fla.)
http://fpra-capital.org/

Moving People to Action Through Direct Marketing
November 21, 2013, Orlando Area Chapter (Orlando, Fla.)
http://fpraorlando.org

Topic/Date TBD, Space Coast Chapter (Viera, Fla.)
http://www.spacecoastfpra.com/

Topic/Date TBD, 2013, Jacksonville Chapter (Jacksonville, Fla.) 
http://fpra-jax.org/

Topic/Date TBD, Treasure Coast Chapter 
http://www.fpratreasurecoast.com/

October – Networking Around the State

Map_small copyThis October, public relations professionals across the state of Florida will fill their minds with tricks of the trade at Florida Public Relations Association chapter events. Learn more about the professional development and networking opportunities available near you below, and #ThinkFPRA.

PR University: Creating Slam-Dunk Projects for Your Client
October 4, 2013, Southwest Florida Chapter (Fort Myers, Fla.)
http://fpraswfl.org

Handling the Media and the Casey Anthony Trial
October 4, 2013, Nature Coast Chapter (Hernando, Fla.)
http://www.fpranaturecoast.org/

How to Write Right Again
October 8, 2013, Volusia – Flagler Chapter (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
http://fpravolusiaflagler.org/

Managing the PR Function: A Seat at the Management Table
October 16, 2013, Central West Coast Chapter (Sarasota, Fla.)
http://cwcfpra.com/

October Membership Mixer
October 17, 2013, Gainesville Chapter (Gainesville, Fla.)
http://fpragainesville.com

October 17, 2013, Space Coast Chapter (Viera, Fla.)
http://www.spacecoastfpra.com/

NASA Public Affairs – Past, Present and Future
October 17, 2013, Capital Chapter (Tallahassee, Fla.)
http://fpra-capital.org/

Marketing to the Power of ONE
October 17, 2013, Jacksonville Chapter (Jacksonville, Fla.)
http://fpra-jax.org/

Professional Development Workshop
October 24, 2013, Orlando Area Chapter (Orlando, Fla.)
http://fpraorlando.org

Topic/Date TBD, Ocala Chapter
http://www.fpraocala.org/

Topic/Date TBD, Treasure Coast Chapter
http://www.fpratreasurecoast.com/